One Man Band.
Now add 'Father of two young boys' to that, and you start to get a more complete picture of the man who has found a way to realize his musical dreams on his own terms, without compromise, and still have a life.
Jacob Moon considers himself first and foremost to be a singer-songwriter, musically speaking. The songs he has written have gone on to win awards in International Song Competitions (Unisong, Great Lakes Song Contest, West Coast Songwriters, GMA Canada). His songwriting heroes include Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Peter Gabriel and Rich Mullins, and Moon's timeless and eclectic style can be compared to those artists, among others. Likewise, his music is hard to pigeonhole, and Moon is okay with that. "My music is born from all the listening I've done over the years, and I listen to a lot of different music. In a way it makes sense that what comes out would be a mash-up of all those different influences, and tough to pin a style on", Moon says.
Though not exactly born with a guitar in his hands, Moon's own father had a 12-string Gibson that made an impression early on. "It just had this huge sound-- it sounded like an orchestra to me", Moon says. That would prove instructive as he approached learning the acoustic guitar in his early teens. "My musical influences at that time were bands like Yes, Rush and Marillion, so I was trying to figure out how to make the guitar sound as big as I knew it could sound from hearing those guys".
IN THE LOOP:
Once Moon had completed his musical training at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, he began recording and trying to find as many gigs as he could to stay alive. Realizing that he needed something that would set him apart from other performers, Moon began experimenting with 'live looping' technology--a foot-pedal that triggers the instantaneous recording of his guitar while he's playing live. This gave Moon a whole new palette to paint with musically, and he has gone on to be one of the leading Loopers on the scene.
His popular live-looping music videos on YouTube recently gained attention on a national level, when rock legends Rush asked Moon to perform at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. Geddy, Neil and Alex insisted that Moon to be there to play 'Subdivisions', which he performed on a Hamilton rooftop in his 2008 video (now at almost 300, 000 hits). His performance was immediately followed by a standing ovation from his heroes, and that one night has led to some exciting new touring opportunities.
A week after that performance, Moon and his wife Allison found out that their dream to become adoptive parents was to be a reality and little Gabriel Moon (now age 3) came home to live with them in early May 2010. Gabriel's little brother Simon (now 2) was next to join the family, and finally did so at Christmas time 2011. "It's unbelievable how much love and joy these boys have brought to our lives. I'm still working as hard as I ever have, but the reward is now the precious time I get to spend with them. Because of my flexible schedule, that turns out to be a lot, actually", says Moon.
LANDING 2: THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
For the last 15 years, Jacob Moon has been following his life-long dream of being a full-time musician, songwriter and touring artist. Like a master craftsman, he has spent this time methodically refining his skill as a solo performer, and you can hear those formidable talents on display with his latest live recording, due out in September 2012.
Recorded over two nights at Catherine North Recording Studio in Hamilton (where Moon calls home), the new record is an homage to one made there 10 years ago, 2002's 'Landing'. The same songs were performed in a celebration weekend held on May 25/26 2012, and have all been rearranged since, resulting in a sound that is at once familiar and revelatory. This time around, it's the sound of Moon's voice that has settled into a groove, worn smooth by years of touring and practice. Besides the redux versions of the original setlist, Moon has added 5 new songs, including covers by such diverse artists as Keane, Bruce Hornsby, Gabe Dixon and his mentor and friend Steve Bell. 'Live a Little', a new original song, makes its recorded debut on 'Landing 2'.
'Landing 2: The 10th Anniversary Concert' will be released digitally and on CD mid September, 2012.